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Horse Racing: Today at Santa Anita, Oct. 20

Today at Santa Anita

By Richard Eng

Post Time 1 p.m.

Race 1 – 6 furlongs, Purse $53,000, Optional claiming $62,500, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up

2 Distracting – Bob Baffert has an uncoupled entry so caveat emptor; Rafael Bejarano had his choice and lands here.

4 Pink Lollipops – Gets class relief from 3 tougher races for this; reunited with Joe Talamo who knows this filly.

Long Shot – 1 Coup de Coeur

Race 2 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 15 feet), Purse $47,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies, 2-year-olds

5 Irish Presence – Turf debut in last was in a rapid hillside sprint; should relish a much slower pace today on the stretch out.

9 Villano – Richard Mandella has a 3-horse uncoupled entry; Garrett Gomez had his choice and opted to ride this one.

Long Shot – 3 Wittgenstein

Race 3 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $47,000, Maiden special weights, 2-year-olds

4 Z Big Apple – Bob Baffert has an uncoupled entry so caveat emptor; this one is the choice of Rafael Bejarano.

1 Really Mr Greely – Would not be shocked if the longer odds Baffert colt won; how often have we seen that before?

Long Shot – 7 Russdiculous

Race 4 – 6 1/2 furlongs (turf, rail at 15 feet), Purse $30,000, Claiming $25,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up

2 Shezabigbroad – Rafael Bejarano must overcome a tough inside post; been away 7-months, but has shown good turf qualities.

9 Sean S – Tepid chalk in a very difficult heat; huge class drop is the reason for her popularity.

Long Shot – 5 Promiscuoussuances

Race 5 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $25,000, Claiming $20,000, 3-year-olds

1 Rich Kid – Flattered in last when Running On Residuals won next out; has improved in two starts since claimed by Jerry Hollendorfer.

2 Tummel – Tepid chalk in another open affair; claimed off a win by Julio Canani, slight improvement makes him even tougher.

Long Shot – 6 Idontrollonshabbos

Race 6 – 6 1/2 furlongs (turf, rail at 15 feet), Purse $50,000, Optional claiming $25,000, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds and up

1 Relentless Heat – Returns to turf where he has done some excellent running; owns 2 wins already down the hillside.

10 Candy’s Surprise – Like the parking lot post down the hillside turf course; he’s better on grass and synthetics.

Long Shot – 5 Blue Jay Attack

Race 7 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $16,000, Claiming $8,000, 3-year-olds and up

2 Hidden Blessing – Reunited with Rafael Bejarano who won on him two races ago; need not be much to beat this slowpoke group.

6 Mack’s Gold Bullet – This class is clearly his comfort level; Vann Belvoir is winless this meet, he can clearly smell one.

Long Shot – 5 Southern Style

Race 8 – 6 1/2 furlongs (turf, rail at 15 feet), $100,000 Senator Ken Maddy, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up

6 Byrama – Like a horse that wins and runs a slower Beyer; has won both starts down the hillside turf course.

2 Teroda – Been rested since a poor try at Del Mar; note she is 4-for-4 in the money down the hillside turf course.

Long Shot -3 Broken Dreams

Race 9 – 1 mile, Purse $19,000, Maiden claiming $20,000, 3-year-olds and up

1 Marv – Like that Jeff Mullins takes over the training; his barn is on fire right now.

3 Givimaway – Logical chalk has finished in the money his last four starts; best stride will come late.

Long Shot – 4 Won Won Oh Five

Best Bet – 6 Byrama (race 8)

Santa Anita Friday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 15/4/$47.00; Long Shots, 7/2/$12.60; Best Bet, 1/0/$0

Santa Anita Totals – 242/53/$437.60; Long Shots, 124/22/$226.40; Best Bets, 14/3/$9.20

SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY – #6 Forward Thinker (4/1) in race 7 at Keeneland. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Friday, Welcome Dance ran out at Keeneland. Stats – 155/108/$951.10; Follow him on Twitter: @richeng4propick

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